Campaign Finance Company LLC (Petition Drives)

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Petition Companies

Campaign Finance Company LLC is a petition drive management company owned by Derrick Lee.[1] Lee's petition management company is sometimes also referred to as Lee Petition Management.

Petition drives

  • not on ballot - Anthony Adams recall, California, 2009. This petition drive failed. Supporters of the recall effort have said they may sue the company. They paid the firm over $100,000 to collect signatures. Recall advisor Mike Schroeder said that when the recall campaign entered into a contract with the company, they were contractually guaranteed a minimum validity rate of 70% or more. Schroeder also said, "What we know is that either something irregular happened there [during signature gathering], or something very irregular happened at the San Bernardino Registrar’s office. I don’t want to cast aspersions or point a finger at anybody until we have more information...I’ve never seen a 42 percent verification rate from a professional signature gathering firm before."[1]

Approveda Sacramento County Binding Arbitration for Police, Measure A (May 2009). Lee's company was hired to run this petition drive by Sacramento campaign consultant Phil Giarrizzo. Giarrizzo said that Lee was "highly recommended" but that, "His validity rate was exceptionally low. There were a number of duplicate signatures submitted. That carries a significant penalty." Giarrizzo ultimately collected additional signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot outside of those collected by Lee's firm. Giarrizzo also joked to a California reporter, "I’d refer him to all of my arch enemies."[2]
Approveda Arizona Indian Gaming Preservation and Self-Reliance, Proposition 202 (2002).[2]
Approveda Reform Party of Arizona's petition drive to qualify for the 2000 presidential ballot. When signatures were turned in, a check of the signatures by the Maricopa County Recorder's Office "showed that less than half of the signatures turned in were valid." John Gilbert, vice-chairman of the state Reform Party, said, "Derrick Lee hires the unhireables. He does not have a lot of high-end people. And it's not surprising that he got a couple of people who simply tried to run a scam on him. He was very embarrassed about it and not at all pleased with the whole situation."[2]

  • not on ballot - In 2000, the Pinal County Deputies Association hired Lee to collect 1,246 signatures to recall an Apache Junction justice of the peace. When the signatures were reviewed by election officials, 12% of the signatures were valid.[2]

Approveda Arizona Clean Elections, Proposition 200 (1998).[3]

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